Under The Church
Who are you and what do you do in your band?
I’m Erik Qvick and I play drums and sometimes guitar with Under The Church, on our records I play both drums and guitars, but Live that will obviously not work, so when we play live we have Erik Wallin (merciless, deathbreath) and Marcus Klack (morbid, trash amigos) on guitars alongside other members lars Henriksson on bass and Mik Annets on vocals.
When/where was your band formed?
We started around 2013, Me and Mik crisscross back and forth between Iceland and Sweden for rehearsals and recordings…so I guess we’re a Swedish and Icelandic band.
Why did you choose to play Death Metal?
That’s the kind of music that we grew up listening to and also playing, that’s the kind of music that comes out when we write together…simply put: we write the kind of death metal we would wanna listen to ourselves.
How do you compose your music? Does only one guy do everything or does everyone contribute?
It’s mainly me and Lars that write the music so far, we’ve written the bulk of our material together. Mik pitches in on lyrics, I wrote some lyrics for both the ep and the full length. Hopefully for the next album we’ll have more contributions from all members, it’ll be good.
Tell us about your lyrics, writing, inspiration etc.
I like it when lyrics are slightly tongue in cheek, Our lyrics have no specific meaning or value…of course lyrics should fit the music but without being goofy. Writing music can sometimes be easy, other times writers block kicks in…when we write music we usually come up with a basic ”frame” for the tune and then we just bounce ideas back and forth until we feel it’s ready. Our inspirations are the usual suspects Slayer, Venom, Autopsy, Sadus, Motörhead, Accept, Death, Master, Celtic Frost and so on…
Tell us about your latest release – Rabid Armageddon
We recorded the album in Iceland and Sweden last year at a few different studios, and we mixed it ourselves, it has 9 solid death metal tunes. You should all go out and buy it on Cd, then our retirement is coming soon after that.
How do you see the state of Death Metal music these days in your country and in general?
I think Sweden has a bunch of great death metal bands, I think Sweden in general has fantastic musicians and bands in all kinds of genres and styles. Iceland is swamped with black metal bands, some are ok and some are not…that kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me, I’m a old fart that get’s bored easily and there’s nothing more boring than hipster black metal.
We don’t have a artistic vision, we don’t dig deep into the darkest corners of souls to find inspiration, we don’t wanna make a statement with our lyrics and music, we don’t wanna explore our emotions and feelings to enhance us as artists…We just wanna play death metal, simple as that! If we dig what we’re doing we’ll keep on, if not we’ll quit. It’s too late for us to ”make it big”, that’s a relief actually, that way we can concentrate on what WE wanna do, instead of making choices that might or might not lead to ”success”.
The obvious choice is Bathory, they’re not death metal per se but…They’re beyond everything like genres, if you haven’t heard Bathory you have to go back to first grade and be ashamed of yourself. Everyone should listen to Bathory…how can you not wanna to listen to Bathory? The one ”new” band you should check out is Bastard Priest…they’re not new anymore perhaps, maybe they even quit? I don’t know….I do know that Bastard Priest are awesome, check them out too.